Consider This "News Photo" published on "The Mirror":
"The woman, believed to be be a member of the Yazidi-Kurdish minority, shot dead senior Islamic State commander Abu Anas, according to Iraqi satellite TV network Alsumaria News"Never mind the text of the news article:
... it's unrelated to the photo, except that the photo suggests to demonstrate a female firing a "machine gun" which may or may not have had anything to do with the headline.
Look at the belt!
There are three rounds in the extended belt .... in alternating loops feeding the gun. WTF?
You can't feed a belt-fed machine gun when there's a break in the belt!
Then there are a series of empty loops (or links). Then there is a six foot length of belt dragging through the dirt until it's draped over a short wall of sandbags.
This is obviously not a .50 caliber (12.7mm) M2 Machine Gun ... looks like an M60 (7.62mm) variant, but there's still a LONG length of 'links' trailing out of the gun, and the M60 (also M2) don't leave a chain of links on the 'ejection' side of the gun. They spew out "one at a time" to the right side of the gun, scattering indiscriminately.
Nobody runs a crew-served weapon without the Assistant Gunner, whose jobs include:
- hump extra ammunition,
- ensure that the feed of ammunition to the gun is not interrupted by failure to link the next belt to the in-gun belt;
- identify and direct fire to priority targets;
- let the gunner know when the barrel is overheating;
- with the gunner, help replace the barrel when it gets too hot; and
- MAKE SURE THE AMMUNITION ISN'T FOULING THE GUN by introducing plant fibers, dust/dirt or other environmental elements at the gun site.
It offends my sense of right, for the cause of presenting a very dramatic photograph supporting the theme of the story.
It's still wrong.
Okay, I'll go take my meds now.